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As we get older we can become deficient in nutrients shown to be beneficial to eye health. The body does not synthesize these nutrients but a good diet, full of fruit and vegetables, can deliver the vitamins and minerals needed for healthy eyes. Having a diet that is rich in oily fish and coloured fruit and vegetables may reduce your risk of developing macular degeneration (MD).Smoking is also a major risk factor for developing MD, so if you smoke try to stop.
Lutein resides in the retina and is associated with the role of absorbing harmful ultraviolet rays. We cannot synthesize lutein so we need to obtain it through diet. It is found in dark green leafy vegetables such as spinach, broccoli, peas, kale and cabbage. It can also be obtained in capsule form as a dietary supplement.